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H/C apply for driver licence


For the safety and protection of the public to drive a Hackney Carriage vehicle in the East Staffordshire Borough Council area you must hold a valid Hackney Carriage or Combined Drivers Licence issued by us.



Application form & guidance notes

Apply for a combined driver's licence

Please note that if you wish to apply for combined driver's licence you will need to download all of the above documents as well as Appendix F - Conditions of Private Hire Driver's Licence.

English Test

You will be required to take a verbal English test at the time of submitting your application.

Attachments required

  • DBS disclosure application form
  • current DVLA Driving Licence (original, not a copy), both the paper and photocard parts
  • original EEA passport; or original British birth certificate and evidence of National Insurance number (P45, P60 NI card)
  • one recent utility bill stating your name and address less than 3 months old (gas, electric, bank or credit card statement)
  • a medical report completed by your own doctor.


To qualify as a driver you must:

  • have held a British DVLA licence for at least 12 months
  • have no relevant convictions or been determined by the General Licensing Sub Committee to be a fit and proper person
  • be medically fit
  • pass a skills assessment with DVSA
  • pass a knowledge and conditions test

Validity & renewals

3 years


Please contact Taxi Licensing in the first instance.



Renew your hackney carriage licence

Go to HC/PH renew your driver licence to renew your hackney carriage licence.